A Virtual Interview with Lenne Klingaman
Posted on December 16, 2020
Ghost Light Chronicles, vol. 14
Ghost Light Chronicles, vol. 14: Michael Stevenson connects with Singer/Songwriter, Broadway star, and Capital Stage star of ANNA KARENINA, Lenne Klingaman.
Lenne is a classically-trained actor with a love for the classics and the contemporary, working all over the US on stage and the many types of screens we have come to love, as well as in voiceover. She grew up in San Francisco and Minneapolis, receiving her MFA in Acting at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Most recent credits: Kris in Will Eno’s The Underlying Chris at Second Stage off-Broadway in NYC, directed by Kenny Leon. Dawn in Broadway’s hit musical Waitress directed by Diane Paulus and originated the role for the 1st National Tour. Hamlet in Hamlet at Colorado Shakespeare Festival (nominated for a Henry Award – Best Actress), which was profiled by the New York Times and American Theatre. Other credits include: Fingersmith at A.R.T. directed by Bill Rauch, an all-female Two Gentlemen Of Verona at the Jungle Theatre dir. by Sarah Rasmussen, Juliet in Romeo & Juliet directed by Scott Wentworth and the world premiere of Appoggiatura directed by Risa Brainin both at Denver Center Theatre Company, Anna in Anna Karenina at Capital Stage, and Elinor in Sense and Sensibility at Sacramento Theatre Company.
She helped compose original music in collaboration with John Glover for a production of Hamlet. The Tartuffe co-production (Shakespeare Theatre DC, Berkeley Rep, South Coast Repertory) in which she played Mariane was nominated for 2015 Theatre Bay Area Awards – Best Ensemble & Best Production, and a Stage Scene LA Award – Best Ensemble. She especially loves collaborating in new play festivals and has had the pleasure to work at A Noise Within (Stage Scene LA Award for Best Supporting Actress in Richard III, Ovation Award nominee– Best Production for The Rehearsal), St. Louis Rep, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Intiman Theatre, and Theatre Movement Bazaar (Ovation Award nominee – Best Ensemble for Model Behavior). She toured the country with her mentors from UW, Robyn Hunt and Steve Pearson, performing Flight, based on the first female aviators, in which she built a 3/4-size plane replica, hung from ropes, and performed static trapeze.
Her film/TV credits include “Chicago Med”, “Cold Case”, “TWENTIES” (Lena Waithe and Justin Simien), Love: As You Like It (Official Selection of West Palm Beach & Seattle True Independent Film Festivals), Jason Headley’s The Exchange (Official Selection of East Oregon, Tacoma, Carmel, & Gold Coast Film Festivals), A Night in the Sunlight (Official Selection of Washougal International, 1-Reel, Rawstock & Schweitzer Lakedance Film Festivals), and various 5 Second Films which have repeatedly been featured on the front page of Funny or Die. She starred in “Welcome to Sanditon,” the “Lizzie Bennett Diaries” spin-off created by the two-time Emmy winning team Pemberley Digital, which was a 2014 IAWTV Awards nominee for Best Interactive Series, and was featured in “O” magazine.
Lenne is also a singer and songwriter; her debut album, The Heart is the Hunter, is available on Apple Music, Spotify, and Amazon. Check out her music page for more information and stay tuned on an upcoming album!